In­ves­ti­ga­tion into head­less skeleton be­gins

BBC History Magazine - - History Now / News -

Foren­sic sci­en­tists are ex­am­in­ing a head­less skeleton in a High­land mau­soleum in a bid to de­ter­mine whether it is in­deed that of 18th- cen­tury Ja­co­bite sym­pa­thiser Si­mon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lo­vat (pic­tured left). The sci­en­tists, from Dundee Univer­sity, hope to es­tab­lish the gen­der and age of the skeleton as well as con­firm whether it shows signs of de­cap­i­ta­tion. Fraser, who sup­ported Bon­nie Prince Char­lie, was ex­e­cuted in 1747.

A por­trait of Si­mon Fraser, 11th Lord Lo­vat, c1703. Is the head­less High­land skeleton re­ally his?

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